Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and many other fully developed societies, including much of Europe; heart disease is also becoming much more prominent, and a condition that we are all at high risk of developing. The reason really is rather simple, most of us do not live a healthy lifestyle. One of the most prominent causes behind the rise in obesity and heart problems is our unhealthy diets, particularly our fast food culture and a growing demand for processed foods which - frankly - often contain some astonishingly high levels of unhealthy fats and salts. Whilst other factors play an equally prevalent part, smokers and heavy drinkers aside, including a lack of exercise. Our jobs have become less physical, aided by technology such as the Internet and other forms of electronic communication and data processing. To increase our chances of developing heart disease we simply need to change our ways, and that means eating a healthier and more balanced diet to lower our cholesterol level and promote healthy arteries and blood vessels. A good diet does however need to coincide with a bit of good old fashioned exercise.
10 Foods That Are Good For Your Heart
Is there anything more important than heart health? With a few changes to your diet you can drastically reduce your chances of a heart attack.
Salmon is considered the best natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and the risk of blood clots, fatty acids also work to help keep your cholesterol levels low. It is recommended that you eat an oily ocean fish such as Salmon, Tuna or Sardines at least twice per week.
Almonds contain high amounts of Vitamin E, healthy natural oils, and various other mineral substances which will help keep your cholesterol level healthy. Almonds are in a select group of foods known as Superfoods.
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Oats are full of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as folate and potassium, they are also considered a superfood. Eating regularly bowls of oats for breakfast will help to lower your LDL cholesterol levels.
Olive oil is full of monounsaturated fats and will help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Everybody should consider swapping their existing cooking oil or butter with Olive Oil. Extra-virgin or virgin varieties are the best.
Apples contain quercetin which acts as an inflammatory and will help to prevent blood clots, apples also contain a whole host of other healthy vitamins and minerals.
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Tomatoes contain Lycopene which has been show to reduce the risk of heart disease when incorporated frequently in your diet. Canned tomatoes or tomato sauces actually contain more Lycopene than fresh raw tomatoes!
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Avocado is another superfood and the fruit is packed full of monounsaturated fat. Incorporating Avocado into your diet will help to lower your LDL cholesterol levels whilst increasing the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
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Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Simply sprinkling a small amount of ground Flaxseed to the top of some oatmeal or whole grain cereal can go a long way towards improving your heart health.
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Resveratrol, a substance found in the skin and seeds of grapes, has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of heart disease.
Acerola is just one in a wide range of berries with excellent health benefits. With significant amounts of Vitamin C, and more specifically compounds known as Flavonoids, the Acerola berry can help protect your heart and blood vessels against damage created by free radicals. Other effective berries include Blackcurrants, Raspberries and Goji berries.